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Around the Empire: What have you missed on Steel Media's other sites this week? - Jan 19th

Posted by Harry Slater on January 19th, 2018

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Around this time every week we're going to have a look at the comings and goings on the other sites in Steel Media's pocket-gaming empire. We'll round up the very best content you might have missed, so you're always going to be up to date with the finest SM happenings.

There's going to be something for everyone here, so make sure you check back every week to stay abreast of all the comings, goings, and doings, in the world of mobile and mobile gaming. You wanna be in the loop? Well welcome to the loop, kid.

148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up - The App Store's Experimental Gaming Gems of the Year

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 30th, 2013

Cynics would have you believe that the App Store is full of Match-3 puzzle games, Endless Runners, and attempts at stealing money through a multitude of in-app purchases. OK, so the App Store isn't perfect and those games are certainly out there (and a plentiful amount of them are still fun!), but that's far from all that's available.

In the spirit of it being the end of the year and the ideal time to look back at what the App Store does so well, I took a look at some of the best experimental delights out there. These are titles that are a little bit different from the norm, either in terms of having a very open ended storyline or through offering a way to interact that's unconventional. As many of us wind down for the Christmas and New Years break, it's the perfect time to relax and try something a little different.

Luxuria Superbia


For the shy or easily embarrassed, Luxuria Superbia is a title that's perhaps best played away from less open-minded members of the family. It's a musical and visual journey requiring one to stroke and touch the petals of a flower, watching and reacting accordingly to how the game responds to sensuous touches. It's a title that could well make one blush as they play it, but it's also the perfect example of what the touch based interface of the iPad and iPhone can truly offer when experiencing something different.

148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up - 148Apps' Staff Discusses Their Favorite Underappreciated Games

Posted by Carter Dotson on December 26th, 2013

It's easy to list off the best games of 2013, and often such lists contain a lot of crosstalk between different publications. So this year, instead of just giving off another similar list of the best games of the year, our staff has decided to talk about their favorite games of the year that might not have been the best sellers or the most popular. In no particular order, this is our list of some of our favorite under-appreciated games of 2013.

Yushino


This was the one game that I kept coming back to on a nearly-daily basis. The mix of addition and Scrabble is something that appeals to my former life when I studied mathematics. It rewards pattern recognition, and smart play, rather than cheap obscure word usage. That I'm also really good at it doesn't hurt. - Carter Dotson

Space Agency


Space Agency is an amazingly fun game for those of us who have watched the space program since, well, forever. While it's a very lightweight simulation of a space program, it does require a fair bit of strategy, timing, and even a bit of luck. The challenges it presents have players going from the extremes of keeping a spacecraft in the air for a few seconds to multi-planet orbit missions where space station pieces are swapped out. All presented in bite-sized, mobile-optimized gameplay for space geeks like me. - Jeff Scott

Blackbar Developer Goes Uncensored in a Revealing Interview

Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 26th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: APPROVED :: Read Review »

Pocket Gamer Biz took a minute to learn more about the puzzle game, Blackbar, in its making of series. They spoke with the developer, Neven Mrgan, learning how he himself refers to his game as _____________. Ok, so that's just a tease and there is a lot to learn about the game by checking out the full interview.

Blackbar Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on August 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: APPROVED
Blackbar is a mysterious and befuddling game about deciphering censorship to discover the narrative and message beneath it.
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